New life for dutch gas pipelines? Let’s say it this way – hydrogen is a very small molecule. It makes pretty much anything it touches brittle. Especially steel is no issue for it. This means that if you add hydrogen to Natural Gas, you start to munch away on the structural integrity of the pipeline itself. An asset that usually has an economic life of many decades will go out of commission much faster. Has anyone run the numbers on this? Oh, by the way. Hydrogens’ energy density is much lower than Natural gas so you get much less punch for the capacity of the pipeline. How about this cost?
The Netherlands has a gas grid that will become obsolete. Repurposing it could revive the infrastructure